We are delighted to share the news that all Lisieux Trust residents and tenants have now received at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
On Thursday 15 April, JN, a tenant within our supported living projects, was the last of our people to receive their jab. He was supported by Registered Manager, John Gillon, to attend his appointment in Sutton Coldfield, making him the final service user within the organisation to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
Speaking of his experience, JN said: “I feel good, and I am happy.”
The roll out of vaccinations within Lisieux Trust began on 9 January 2021, marking a 15-week timeframe from the first individual being vaccinated, until the last.
Until March 2021, autistic individuals, and individuals with a learning disability, were not considered a priority for the Covid vaccine; despite data suggesting that they were at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with the virus. Following a widespread appeal to the Government, with Radio presenter Jo Wiley providing a high-profile face alongside the cause, the learning-disabled and autistic communities’ positions were reviewed.
Subsequently, autistic people and people with a learning disability were urged to come forward for the vaccination as soon as possible.
Although fears have mounted over the possible side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, we’re happy to report that Lisieux Trust residents and tenants have responded well to the jab; with no serious aftereffects having been presented.
Commenting on her experience, resident, MCo, said: “It is the only jab that I have had that did not hurt. I hope I can go back to Ebrook soon, as I have had two jabs.”
With lockdown restrictions having eased further on 12 April, more Lisieux Trust residents and tenants now feel empowered to return to their usual activities and placements. Day centres, such as Ebrook Resource Centre, are expected to reopen their doors to welcome back people with a learning disability or autism in and around Sutton Coldfield.
Following a year of grave uncertainty, and change in routine, this prospect has been met with excitement from residents, tenants, and employees alike.
Commenting on the news, Jess Alsop-Greenacre, CEO of Lisieux Trust, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that all of our tenants and residents have now received at least the first of the two COVID-19 vaccinations. This is instrumental in helping to ensure that they stay safe and well during this pandemic.
“I have been so impressed by the commitment and bravery shown by residents and tenants during this process; especially from those who find injections daunting.”
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